TVA considers restart of Browns Ferry Unit 1 nuclear plant

With demand projected to grow 2-3%/year in the Southeast, the Tennessee Valley Authority said it is considering restarting the mothballed 1,000 Mw Browns Ferry nuclear plant Unit 1. TVA also is taking steps to extend the life of Units 2 and 3 of Browns Ferry. If approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), renewal of the licenses will permit TVA to continue operating Browns Ferry Units 2 and 3 for an additional 20 years past the 40-year operating license terms.


By the OGJ Online Staff

HOUSTON, Mar. 2�With demand projected to grow 2-3%/year in the Southeast, the Tennessee Valley Authority said it is considering restarting the mothballed 1,000 Mw Browns Ferry nuclear plant Unit 1.

TVA also is taking steps to extend the life of Units 2 and 3 of Browns Ferry. If approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), renewal of the licenses will permit TVA to continue operating Browns Ferry Units 2 and 3 for an additional 20 years past the 40-year operating license terms, which expire in 2014 and 2016, respectively.

TVA said is planning to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement on the license extensions and will also consider the impact of the possible restart of Unit 1�shut down since 1985�with an extended operating license. However, it said, no decision has been made to restart Unit 1.

The proposal to renew Browns Ferry operating licenses was part of a systemwide evaluation of future power needs, TVA said. Browns Ferry is located on Wheeler Reservoir, 10 mi southwest of Athens, Ala. The plant consists of two General Electric boiling water reactors that can produce enough electricity to provide power to about 500,000 homes.

The federal power agency also is investing $400 million in new generation capacity. Eight plants under construction in Haywood County, Tenn., are expected to go online in 2001, adding 680 Mw of capacity. Another eight combustion turbines are scheduled to go online in 2002, providing 680 Mw more, and a 500-plus Mw combined cycle gas-fired plant is planned for 2003.

In January, TVA asked for firm bids on 1200 Mw to serve its base load and peaking capacity needs beginning in 2004. The federal power agency said it would be interested in serving as fuel manager.

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